Over the past few decades, hundreds of people have been falsely imprisoned. Many of their cases were founded on the account of one or more eyewitnesses. The criminal justice system often relies on eyewitness accounts to piece together a crime and identify the perpetrator. But studies showing the faultiness of our memories, particularly in stressful events, suggest that witnesses may not be as reliable of a source as we think. An often-cited example of when the memory of an eyewitness has failed to serve justice is the case of Ronald Cotton.
1 page of how you know something is credible or not when talking about evidence in the courtroom In the courtroom a lie can send someone to their death. With this in mind it is very important that a jury member can identify whether a witness, or piece of evidence is credible. Many instances of bad evidence or false witnesses have been recorded in the history of law, so we must make an effort so that no more people get charged for crimes they did not commit. It may come to surprise many people that a witness testimony might not always be accurate. There are are many reasons for this as witnesses may “change”their memory when they are revealed new information about the crime.
Besides detainees being directly affected by overcrowded prison, it has an adverse effect on society, due to detainees being victim of recidivism. As agreed by United States Sentencing Commission (2016), “nearly half (49.3%) of such offenders were rearrested within eight years for either a new crime or for some other violation of the condition of their probation or release conditions”. The study additionally states that “almost one-third (31.7%) of the offenders were also reconvicted, and one-quarter (24.6%) of the offenders were reincarcerated over the same study period”. This to imply that society is surrounded by former law-breaker who never got a chance to change their sinful habits. Some of the victim of recidivism, according to United States Sentencing Commission
D-NUMBER OF VICTIMS United Nations estimates that 5,000 honour killings take place in the world annually. However, this number also may not be accurate because many deaths can also covered.For example, families can force their women to commit suicide and these suicides do not register as honour killings. Additionally, witnesses are not willing to speak up because of the threats and shame; so deaths can be registered as accidents. In Turkey, according the General Directorate of Security report (2005) many honour killings is occurred in region of Marmara. In fact, June 2008 report by Human Rights Directorate says that in Istanbul alone, there is one honour killing every week and over 1.000 were killed during the last five years.
In this case, in justice of the victims (two deceased persons) who were murdered, the eye-witness and the knife with blood matches found in Mr. James Lane’s residence are biggest evidence which make the accused to be found guilty. However, the weakness in the criminal justice process is that, the stage of bail hearing might be misused and a person who found guilty would find way to get away from the punishment. Hardest part to bear is, if there is no evidence appropriate to justify the crime committed by the accused, then there are chances for the case filed to be discharged. The accused who had really committed murder might not get sentenced. This could be said to be the weakest link in the criminal justice
Michel Shirley in 1987 was arrested in 1987 for the murder and rape of Linda Cooke. Critical aspect to note in this case is that this case demonstrates the consequence when the criminal justice system fails to assign a proper weight to identification evidence(Huff et al, 2008). In this case, other evidences including same outsole of the shoes, scratches, and scars on the face of the accused caused the suspicious about Michel
In a court, the victim may simply point on an innocent man due to his/her emotion of resentment on the criminal. Thus eyewitness accounts, which capable of being altered by emotions, can appear to be inaccurate. When exposed to criminal cases, the stress and anxiety level can easily affect the accuracy thus reliability of eyewitness accounts. A research done by 1Clifford and Scott (1978, cited in Loftus, 1979) experimented about the ability of eyewitnesses to perceive violent and non-violent events. Forty-eight volunteers with equal number of men and women watched two tapes with the start and end manipulated to be the same, of one involving non-violence and the other one with violence.
The Stop-and-Frisk street interrogations have proven to be wildly inefficient with “nearly nine out of 10” of the “more than 5 million” New Yorkers who have been stopped having been “completely innocent” (“Stop-and-Frisk” 1). Statistically the policy has been a failure, so the continuation of the policy reinforces the idea that the motives behind the policy are bigoted in nature. Every year since the implementation of Stop-and-Frisk, blacks and latinos have combined to account for at least 80% of those who are stopped by the police (“Stop-and-Frisk” 1-2). After evaluating the
Imagine you 're a prisoner on death row and you and your lawyer are literally fighting for your life. How would you feel? Wouldn’t you want to live without knowing you could die tomorrow? This is called the capital punishment and many prisoners today are facing just this. The capital punishment is when somebody commits a crime so bad that prosecutors think that killing them and taking their life away is the best way to punishment by doing lethal injection, firearms.
Causes of Illegal Immigration According to Fox News, they found that many lawbreakings made by the illegal immigrants;13.6 percent of those punished for all committed crimes in the country,12 percent of murder judgments, and 16 percent of operating sentences. Evidence shows that undocumented immigrants are much possible to commit crimes than other people. Fox news makes a study shows that unlawful migrants are likely to be sentenced for a murder three times more than the citizen. As an outcome, all the government is working hard to stop illegal immigration to avoid its negative results. Unlawful settlement can root plenty of negative effects on the immigrants its self.